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Fantasy poetry. This was written for my son David aged 12,

  Pirate's Song


The brave buccaneer was caught

After a long ferocious fight

She was bound and taken captive

thrown in a galley out of sight

Still, she sat with silent pride

hands clasped upon her lap

her face belied the fear inside,

for she knew where lay the map

She heard their voices raised in song

Drunken shouts and raucous fight

The commotion went on all night long

and no sleep she got that night

At dawn she heard a jarring clank

Men dragged her out the door

She knew t'was time to walk the plank

and that the map would be no more

© Chanti - All rights reserved


One of the reasons I wrote a story (and this poem from a story) about a lady pirate is because my nickname 'Chanti' (pronounced Shuntee) is very close in sound to the pirates song or Shanty. 

This was in fact written as a song but works as a poem.  The story chronicles her daring escape, the theft of the treasure map and her adventures across the seven seas to retrieve it and finally her attempt to claim the treasure. 
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Reviewed by Jim Moore (Reader) 7/12/2007
Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's life for me!


Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/12/2007
Being an old sailor that had reincarnated many times to live again the bucaneer's life...I don't thing she would have walk on the plank of my ship, she would had shared all of my treasures.
A poem full of Rum, Cutthroats Swords and fun under the sails.
A big cheers Chanti Lass!!!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/6/2007
Arrrrrrrr. :) An engaging story, this: aye, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 3/26/2007
Looks likes treasure Island for sure."With one man of her crew alive,
What put to sea with seventy-five."

Reviewed by Donald Meadows 3/6/2007
Good on you Shipmate!!
I'm an old salt myself. Spent 22 years on submarines. Good to see such a love of the sea in such a youngin! Bravo Zulu!!

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Reviewed by Cynthia Castle 12/11/2004

What a great story and a delightful write for your son. You are a very gifted and gentle hearted person and a wonderful mother! I look forward to the next installment also. Thanks for sharing this treasure!

Reviewed by Handsum Hart 12/11/2004
I'm sure your son will enjoy this tale. I hope she is a good swimmer.

Joy and sunshine
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/11/2004

C'est magnifique - great prose ... stunning all the way!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by jude forese 12/11/2004
and now she will become a buried treasure deep within the sea ...

excellent tale!
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 12/11/2004
Really cool story!!!! Imagery is excellent Chanti. If there is an additional installment coming, I'll be really interested in seeing what's next on Shanty's plate! Michelle
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 12/11/2004
Chanti, this was a wonderful and delightful story/poem. Iím sure your son enjoyed it too. Canít wait for the next installment. Thanks for sharing it. x-marks the spot.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 12/11/2004
I'm a little over 12 ;) and I love
a pirate's tale. Brava Chanti!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/11/2004
Delightfully captivating, Chanti. It makes me yearn for more. I think she is a survivor. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love to you, my friend. Regis
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 12/11/2004
Avast ye mateys! She must not have drowned; as we had planned; she must have swum ashore and taken the next ship to Treasure Planet! An entertaining write, Chanti. -- Jeff
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/11/2004
Chanti what a fortunate son to have a mother who writes as beautifully as you do! I'm sure he loved this one, as did I!;-)!
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/11/2004
Absolutely love a child it was one of the imaginary games we use to play...your son must love it

Peace, Carole
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/11/2004
Great write Chanti!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 12/11/2004
Great fantasy write!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/11/2004
There is something rough, disgusting and magical about pirates, and you have captured these things perfectly in this well constructed and perfectly penned masterpiece, Chanti. I love that you have a lady pirate in this. From what I have read, she must have posed as a man to get aboard the ship since women were never allowed, but occasionally found a way.(Women were considered bad luck on a pirate ship, you know) I am glad I came here late so that I know there is another chapter in this wonderful tale. Excellent writing, Chanti. Take a bow!
Take care,
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 12/11/2004
Hey Felix you might just get to read a next installment. It is already part written. Of course she can't die. That would be just wrong! My son loved the story but doesn't know what to think about the fact that the heroine is a lady pirate.

Thanks to everyone else for the kind reviews. I know that this story / poem is not earth shattering, nor is it going to change the world but if you have kids they might enjoy it. How about writing something along the same lines and sending me the link? I challenge you all to write a fantasy poem aimed at children. Looking forward to seeing the results.
Love Chanti

Anna nothing suprises me anymore. I consider it an honour that we have a lot in common. You are such an inspiration to me.
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 12/11/2004
I cannot believe how many things we share in common, Chanti,
especially since reading this poem. My son, who disappeared 18
years ago, is named David! He loved to play 'pirate' as a child,
and I enjoyed playing right along with it. I miss him terrribly.

Thank you for extending your marvelous poetic talents in this
darling write! Your graphics, and poetry, continue to inspire me.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/11/2004
A fun write, Chanti. I love pirate movies as a child.
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Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/11/2004
Cute write Chanti, I'll be waiting for the next installment of this one...too good for her to die so soon.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/11/2004
well buckle me timbers
real kool write .......Chanti

William ....peace & love

Reviewed by George Jackson 12/11/2004
I wanted to be a pirate when I was a boy. This is great!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/11/2004
Wonderful buccaneer tale, Chanti - and she was a brave one, indeed.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 12/11/2004
Great theme and flow. She was smart in keeping its location to her self. Had she devuldged it she would have to walk the plank anyway. Stupid pirates, lose two treasures at once.
Reviewed by A PAX 12/11/2004
I love pirate poetry!!!!!!!!!
this is so well written, very mature, great rhyme, you have told a tale here, and to make it more created a heroine
not a hero

you are one talented kid!!
keep have the magic touch
I see good things in your future
Polish your skills, enjoy them
they are yours and no one can ever take that away from you in life
Your thoughts are you.......your spirit....and being
And you have a creative lining to your soul

Reviewed by Silke Lance, Dr. Ph (Reader) 12/11/2004
Great! :-)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 12/11/2004
But did she swim ashore or drown, find treasure, find girl friday, or Tom Hanks?

I sure he loves this. As do I Chantil...
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 12/11/2004
I've got an 11-year-old who loves pirates. We watch "Pirates of the Carribbean" about once a month... :) Thanks for this,
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